You may be reading the headline of this article and think to yourself that it is blindingly obvious why Inter are linked with Marcos Alonso. And your reasoning would be totally correct as Antonio Conte initially brought Alonso to Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after the left-back put pen to paper on a deal that saw him leave Fiorentina.
Conte is obviously a big fan of Alonso but interestingly enough so was Maurizio Sarri given that the 29-year-old was handed a five-year contract extension in October 2018 by the current Juventus boss. That deal saw Alonso earn a reported £100,000 a week which is now being cited as the reason for his drop off in form over the last 12 months.
Current Blues manager Frank Lampard has gone on record saying that Alonso needs to improve his performances in training if he wants to make the matchday squad in the future. So here we are, a clear link between Conte and Alonso but with the latter struggling to make an impact at Chelsea with his form being publicly slated. So what does Conte think he can do to turn the situation around and should Inter be looking for younger players without as much baggage?
There’s always an argument for experience and with Inter looking likely to go toe to toe with Juve for the Serie A title, a player with Alonso’s know-how may be the perfect addition to the change room. There is just a thought, however, that Alonso’s defending is being found out more and more these days with opposition manager’s targeting the left side of Chelsea’s defence with their attacks.
Do Inter really want a player prone to the odd defensive blunder being thrown into the cauldron this late on a title fight? At the end of the day, it’s up to Antonio Conte and if he thinks so then that should be enough but there is a growing belief that you roll the dice when it comes to an aging Alonso who is being questioned for his work ethic.
Even if it is only a loan move right now as it’s being reported, you’d imagine that Conte would look to make it permanent in the summer, but a £4.6million annual salary on player that is heading into the twilight of his career makes you question the logic of it all.
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By all means, splash out on an experienced left-back, age doesn’t have to be a stumbling block. Just have a look at Jordi Alba, 30-year-old and helpping fire his team to the title, that’s at least what the latest La Liga betting suggests with Barca at a mere 2/5 to make it a hat-trick of league trophies.
Make no mistake, solid left-backs over 30 are out there and with Inter beginning to stir and look like a European giant once more, the club needs to go for the very best. What this whole situation goes to show is that the arrival of Antonio Conte has shaken up the club and has the Inter fans slowly adjusting their mentality as far as transfer targets go.